“take heart, this is not the end.”

May today be filled

with pleasant reminders

of just how beautiful life can be,

even in the simplest of things.

May you live mindfully

and courageously

beyond the realms of your fears,

and step heels-deep

into those heart-strung things

you have dreamed of for years

May you always see

the Light pouring in over everything.

From the high windows in a busy market

to the low hung lights in quiet shops,

may you hear hope in the voices of strangers

grace in the laughter of friends,

feel the weight of every memory, feeling, lesson:

whispering ever so gently,

“take heart, this is not the end.”

For a thousand more times

you may cross these canals,

and may each time you cross,

remind you of the miles

and the grace-rooted years

you made it through,

just to make it


– Morgan Harper Nichols